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Legal challenge to exclusion of waste incinerators from post-Brexit emissions trading scheme

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Newhaven waste incinerator, East Sussex. A legal challenge has been issued to the Government’s decision to exclude municipal waste incinerators from the UK Emissions Trading Scheme – the replacement for the existing EU Emissions Trading Scheme, to come into effect after the UK leaves the EU.

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IoT expedites leak detection

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Y orkshire Water and partners are nearing completion of the deployment of almost 4000 acoustic, flow, pressure and water quality monitors in what is said to be the UK’s largest smart water network pilot.

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80% of oil workers considering career impacts of climate change

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New study shows half in oil and gas have considered new role in renewable energy industry – or are already diversifying into it. Eight in ten Scots oil workers have considered that their careers could be impacted by actions being taken to tackle climate change, new research suggests.

Report reveals hypocrisy of world’s biggest plastic polluters

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A new report from advocacy group The Changing Markets Foundation appears to reveal how, behind a veil of nice-sounding initiatives and commitments to address the plastics crisis – the plastics industry, consumer brands and retailers have obstructed and undermined proven legislative solutions to the crisis for decades.

Initiative turns marine plastic pollution into reusable PPE

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The initiative appears to be a world first for reusable PPE. A seemingly world-first collaboration is bringing recycled and reusable PPE visors to UK health workers and NGOs in the Dominican Republic.

Network Rail introduces coffee cup recycling points to busy stations

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Stop perverse climate impact of biomass by radically reforming CO2 accounting rules, says advisory body

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Several European countries who are considered leaders in climate protection owe their apparently good emission reductions to biomass. These might turn out to look quite different in the future, if carbon-accounting under the Emissions Trading System (ETS) were to be based on science and the real effects on climate. As the European Commission works on a revision of its central climate policy tool, the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council suggests a radically new standard.

Aluminium recycling group celebrates UK’s commitment to recycling during lockdown

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Aluminium packaging recycling organisation Alupro has thrown its full support behind Recycle Week (21-27 September). Organised by Recycle Now, this year’s campaign will run under the banner ‘Together We Recycle’ and aims to celebrate household recycling through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Drastic planning reforms could destroy nature’s future, says RSPB

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Hedgehog (photo credit: Ben Andrew). The government is approaching a “fork in the road” that could “change the course of the future for nature” as it plans to shake up the country’s planning system, conservation experts have warned.

Project aims to reduce the risk of sewer flooding in Argyll and Bute

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investment project to help reduce the risk of sewer flooding in Tarbert, Argyll and Bute began on 31 August. The improvement work will help tackle the issue of sewer flooding by increasing the capacity of the local sewer network.

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Lost revenue is biggest Covid risk facing utilities

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Non-payment of customer bills poses the biggest Covid-19 threat to water utilities worldwide, one of several water industry issues discussed at a technology consultancy’s recent webinar.

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IoT project will assess impact of climate change on forests, and inform UK policymaking

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A trial is underway in forests in Surrey and Northumberland to assess the potential for Internet of Things (IoT) technology to monitor tree growth and the impacts of environmental change on the UK’s forests. Vodafone is funding the project, which is being conducted in partnership with Defra and the UK research organisation Forest Research. It will monitor tree growth and the impacts of environmental change on the UK’s forests.

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Land redevelopment and rewilding firm hires 20 environmental consultants

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Eleanor Shield, a wildlife biologist and conservationist, is among those recruited by Kaitiaki Consulting. A Scots firm that focuses on large scale land redevelopment and rewilding has hired 20 environmental consultants after a global recruitment drive.

Carbon impact of Scotland’s waste reaches record low but ‘more needs to be done’

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The carbon emissions associated with Scotland’s waste in 2018 dropped 11% on the previous year to reach the lowest level since official recording began, according to the Scottish Government-funded circular economy expert Zero Waste Scotland.

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Energy storage key to net zero ambitions, says conference speaker

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The Ffestiniog scheme in North Wales: Pumped storage can resolve a perceived conflict between boosting economic activity and encouraging a sustainable green agenda, said ILI Group’s Mark Wilson.

Oxford-Cambridge rail scheme’s “net gain” commitment shows HS2 failing nature, says RSPB

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A site in Birmingham cleared for work on HS2, in December 2019. Transport Secretary’s announcement of preferred route for East West Rail timely reminder of HS2’s failure to protect environment, says conservation group.

Judges to consider legal challenge to new planning laws

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A legal bid to halt sweeping changes to planning laws in the UK will be heard in October.

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Five local authorities selected by Defra for nature recovery pilots

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LNRS pilots will help kick-start the creation of over a million acres of habitats for wildlife and people, says Defra.

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COVID-19 pandemic should be a wake-up call for water security, say researchers

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Urgent action on water security is essential to better prepare societies for future global health crises, say experts at the University of Birmingham in the UK and Northwestern University in the US. In a comment article published in Nature Sustainability , the researchers are urging policy makers across the world to focus on behavioural change, knowledge promotion and investment in water infrastructure.

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AD and Biogas Industry Awards 2020 finalists announced

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The finalists for this year’s AD and Biogas Industry Awards have been announced.

Study says traffic congestion increasing in London, above 2019 levels outside city centre

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A new analysis released on 15 September by Environmental Defense Fund Europe (EDF Europe), based on data from the Waze for Cities Programme, appears to show that traffic congestion is currently increasing in London and it is now worse than 2019 levels outside the city centre.

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Up-scaling CO2 capture

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A seemingly landmark agreement was signed on 26 August, marking a significant uptick in ambition for carbon capture and storage technology in Europe.

Leak loggers support emergency effort in Beirut

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An accidental blast destroyed infrastructure and buildings in the Port of Beirut and disrupted water services. Data technology company Ovarro responded quickly to a request for emergency leak detection equipment from the Veolia Foundation, which is supporting the rehabilitation of drinking water networks in the Port of Beirut, according to a press release.

Manchester hotel joins soap and toiletry bottles recycling scheme

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The Lowry Hotel in Manchester is among the first in the UK to sign up to a new toiletries recycling scheme.

Virtual reality training wins water industry innovation award

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The Igloo cylindrical training theatre used by Lanes. Drainage and utility specialist Lanes Group plc has won the Institute of Water of Innovation Award 2020 for the South East Region for leading the development of virtual reality (VR) capability in a 360 video theatre.

New report reveals hedgehogs, yellowhammers and dragonflies at risk post-EU Exit

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The report expresses a fear of legislative shortfalls, such as a lack of provisions to ensure hedgerows are not cut during the bird nesting season, a measure important to the protection of birds like yellowhammers and small mammals such as hedgehogs.

Still in the dark about targets? Observers respond to the UK government’s Environment Bill

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Following the announcement of the government’s Environment Bill on 30 January , many observers in the environmental arena reflected on the ambition and likely efficacy of the legislation, while highlighting areas of concern and suggested improvement. Envirotec reports.

Climate Week NYC to go ahead in September 2020

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On 6 April, climate-action non-profit The Climate Group announced that Climate Week NYC will not be postponed and will take place as scheduled on September 21-27, 2020.

Trial of Pringles paper can is a step in the right direction, says The Recycling Association

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News that Kellogg is trialing a new paper can has been welcomed by The Recycling Association as a “step in the right direction” In 2017, The Recycling Association chief executive Simon Ellin highlighted Pringles for having packaging that was almost impossible to recycle due to its multi-material nature.

New film showcases solutions for Baltic Sea eutrophication

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Vantaanjoki, Finland, one of three river basins used in case-study form in the 18-minute film. Launch of documentary on innovations for recycling nutrients from agriculture and wastewater.

Grant awarded for facility to convert waste plastic to hydrogen

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Hydrogen fuel pumps at a service station in Washington DC, USA: The fuel generated by the Ellesmore Port facility will be used locally to power transport.

Report highlights UK and US financial institutions’ contribution to Amazon deforestation

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A report released on 12 March by Amazon Watch reveals the involvement of five American and British financial institutions in billions of dollars in debt and equity financing for crude oil extraction projects in the western Amazon. Already, millions of acres of the western Amazon have been auctioned for oil extraction, with tens of millions more slated by the Peruvian, Ecuadorian, and Colombian governments.

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Runoff recycling is good to go

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Zero Waste Scotland has partnered with Scottish Water to turn grit that is found in the wastewater system into a valuable raw building material for the construction industry.

Brine elimination pilot progresses

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